On moving day at Torrey Pines, Spencer Levin put himself right in the middle of things heading into Sunday's final round of the Farmers Insurance Open, continuing a strong comeback season on the PGA Tour.
Levin, one of four professional golfers sponsored by MLB.com, stands in a tie for third, one shot off the lead, following a 2-under 70 on Saturday at the Torrey Pines South Course in San Diego. Harris English and J.B. Holmes share the lead at 9-under for the tournament, with Levin one of five golfers one stroke back at 8-under, joining current FedEx Cup points leader Jimmy Walker.
Wearing a white cap with the MLB.com logo on the front, Levin birdied three of four holes on the front nine to move up the leaderboard. After dropping a couple of strokes on the back nine, he got one back with a 13-foot putt for birdie on No. 14. He then saved par on No. 15 after pulling his second shot into a tree only to have it bounce on the green, eventually sinking a 9-foot putt for par and settling into a contending spot heading into the final round.
"I played well today, and you've got to hit the ball pretty good around here to score, so hopefully I'll keep hitting fairways and we'll see what happens," Levin told PGA Tour Radio after Saturday's round.
Levin, a 30-year-old from Sacramento, started the season on a major medical exemption after missing parts of the last two years with a left thumb injury. He earned enough points in the opening events of this season in late 2014 to gain full status for the remainder of the 2014-15 season. Now, he's back to trying to snatch his first PGA Tour victory, and he's got a chance on Sunday.
John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @JohnSchlegelMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.